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100 Biggest Cities in the World with Exceptions

How many of the world's 100 most populous urban areas can you name excluding those within the USA, China, and India?
Source: citypopulation.de, January 2024
Urban area population, not city proper population
The Ruhr and Cologne / Düsseldorf have been filled in already
Quiz by Billahhh
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Last updated: March 6, 2024
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First submittedOctober 23, 2019
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Population
Urban Area
41.0 m
Tokyo
29.2 m
Jakarta
27.2 m
Manila
25.1 m
Mexico City
25.1 m
Seoul
22.5 m
Dhaka
22.5 m
Cairo
22.1 m
São Paulo
21.2 m
Bangkok
20.9 m
Karachi
20.7 m
Lagos
19.1 m
Moscow
17.7 m
Osaka
16.7 m
Buenos Aires
16.5 m
Tehran
15.9 m
Istanbul
15.6 m
Kinshasa
14.9 m
London
14.6 m
Johannesburg
14.5 m
Lahore
13.9 m
Ho Chi Minh City
12.5 m
Rio de Janeiro
11.8 m
Lima
11.5 m
Paris
10.5 m
Nagoya
Population
Urban Area
10.4 m
Bogota
9.95 m
Taipei
9.35 m
Luanda
9.30 m
Kuala Lumpur
8.25 m
Santiago
7.85 m
Singapore
7.70 m
Toronto
7.65 m
Baghdad
7.50 m
Riyadh
7.15 m
Hanoi
7.05 m
Khartoum
6.95 m
Bandung
6.80 m
Abidjan
6.70 m
Nairobi
6.65 m
Madrid
6.60 m
Accra
6.50 m
Saint Petersburg
6.25 m
Dar es Salaam
6.20 m
Alexandria
6.15 m
Yangon
6.10 m
Milan
6.00 m
Amman
6.00 m
Monterrey
5.95 m
Dubai
5.90 m
Surabaya
Population
Urban Area
5.85 m
Guadalajara
5.65 m
(The Ruhr)
5.45 m
Bamako
5.20 m
Kano
5.15 m
Ankara
5.05 m
Kabul
5.00 m
Melbourne
5.00 m
Chittagong
5.00 m
(Cologne)
4.97 m
Sydney
4.97 m
Cape Town
4.92 m
Belo Horizonte
4.92 m
Colombo
4.87 m
Barcelona
4.85 m
Berlin
4.77 m
Kuwait City
4.77 m
Casablanca
4.72 m
Addis Ababa
4.42 m
Montreal
4.27 m
Medellin
4.25 m
Algiers
4.22 m
Puebla
4.20 m
Medan
4.12 m
Kampala
4.05 m
Naples
Population
Urban Area
4.05 m
Faisalabad
4.00 m
Busan
3.97 m
Brasília
3.92 m
Porto Alegre
3.92 m
Jeddah
3.92 m
Dakar
3.87 m
Damascus
3.85 m
Santo Domingo
3.85 m
Durban
3.82 m
Yaounde
3.82 m
Caracas
3.80 m
Rawalpindi
3.77 m
Douala
3.77 m
Tashkent
3.67 m
Baku
3.67 m
Recife
3.62 m
Port-au-Prince
3.57 m
Fortaleza
3.57 m
Athens
3.47 m
Kyiv
3.42 m
Curitiba
3.42 m
Mashhad
3.42 m
Rome
3.40 m
Rotterdam
3.37 m
Isfahan
83 Comments
+14
Level 75
Oct 24, 2019
Love it! (76/100)
+10
Level 58
Oct 24, 2019
Thanks, it's my first quiz :)
+8
Level 71
May 7, 2020
Your first featured quiz too!
+4
Level 50
May 31, 2020
A great quiz for your first one!
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Level 58
Jun 3, 2020
Thank you :)
+5
Level 65
Oct 24, 2019
Nice one!
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Level 67
Oct 31, 2019
some of the answers are not properly shown in the table (e.g. tashkent, douala), and why are there only 98 answers?

still a good quiz though ^^

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Level 58
Nov 8, 2019
There are only 98 answers because Cologne / Düsseldorf and The Ruhr have been filled in already - this just seems to be what is done on other city quizes on this site so I followed suit.

Fixed the answers not showing as well!

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Level 58
Jan 1, 2020
Yes, they were done then that had a knock on affect that made the last answer boxes disappear so I've just settled for this because I'm not good enough at using this yet! Sorry
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Level 89
Dec 11, 2019
Good to get those pesky countries out of the way.
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Level 71
Jan 4, 2020
Got all but Abuja how did i miss abuja
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Level 84
Jan 26, 2020
Accra, Monterrey, and Dubai are out of order.
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Level 78
Apr 28, 2020
Yeah, Accra (7.95), Monterrey (7.925), and Dubai (7.9) are sandwiched between Belo Horizonte (4.975) and Melbourne (4.85). Can you put them in the right place? thanks
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Level 58
Apr 29, 2020
It's fixed now. They were in the correct place, just the population had a 7 instead of a 4 by mistake!
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Level 43
May 31, 2020
Belo Horizonte is my city!
+6
Level 46
Mar 27, 2020
So Brazil is the new China here with 10 cities
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Level 59
May 5, 2020
help me xD I can't figure out which 10th city I miss. These 9 I know: Sao Paulo, Rio, Salvador, Fortaleza, Curitiba, Recife, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia.
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Level 43
May 31, 2020
Hello SkittUz! I'm brazilian, I have:

São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte*, Porto Alegre, Brasília, Recife, Fortaleza, Salvador and Curitiba.

But I don't now the 10th. I think is Campinas, with 3.263.091 habitants in 2020, but not accept.

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Level 43
May 31, 2020
Otherwise, I think is only 9.
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Level 65
Mar 31, 2020
I had a few more obscure ones such as Meddelin, Yaounde, and Tashkent, but I somehow forgot Paris, even though I did try Lyon and Nice.
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Level 73
Mar 17, 2024
I got Rawalpindi (currently the least guessed answer), but missed Melbourne.
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Level 66
Apr 27, 2020
Love the quiz! It might be worth accepting Islamabad for Rawalpindi, as they are both contiguous and part of one metro area, but Islamabad is better known as the capital of Pakistan.
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Level 58
Apr 29, 2020
I've been trying to use the standard Jetpunk type-ins for stuff and I think the current way is the way it is normally done but someone can let me know if I am wrong.
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2021
I am pretty sure they allow both as the same city. (Since I have always typed in Islamabad, but never Rawalpindi) I could be wrong though.
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Level 73
Apr 30, 2020
Nice quiz. Should have got Durban but otherwise I'm quite satisfied (90/98). I think I'm the first after an update, all I got had 100% and the rest 0%. Hope it gets featured soon!
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Level 58
Apr 30, 2020
Haha it just got updated this morning so I think you must have been! I think (hope) all the original mistakes are gone now.
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Level 71
May 4, 2020
While I know that Jetpunk's stance on Taiwan makes it so Taipei should be here, I think it might be a good idea to add a disclaimer clarifying this.
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Level 88
May 7, 2020
It's pretty obvious that Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, isn't part of China, India or USA. The People's Republi has never controlled Taiwan and Taiwan is lead by the democratically elected government of President Tsai Ing-Wen. And not by the General-Secretary/President/Tyrant Xi Jinping.
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Level 41
Jun 1, 2020
So far...
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Level 66
Jan 26, 2022
Let's hope China doesn't make any outlandish moves any time soon.
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Level 71
May 5, 2020
People are always commenting like this on population quizzes: I simply don't get it. London apparently has a urban area population of 14.7 million, yet Manchester doesn't creep onto the list with the bar set at 3.23 million. This makes no sense at all. If you look just on Wikipedia, Greater London has a population of 8.8 million, Greater Manchester 2.8 (although why anyone would say that Wigan for example is part of Manchester I do not know). If you include enough semi-connected urban area to get London to have a population of 14.7 million then you would be able to include enough to get Manchester over 4 million for sure. Still, the quiz is an interesting exercise.
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Level 58
May 5, 2020
The quiz just uses citypopulation.de for populations, which seems to be the standard for the website. I definitely agree that it includes too much for some cities though. Like outside of this website Guangzhou is not the most populated city because no one would include Shenzhen in its population.
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Level 88
May 5, 2020
Great quiz, thanks! I thought I did well getting 78 out of 98, but apparently that still only beats or equals 60.1% of quiz takers and nets me 3 points. I certainly feel I could have gotten many of the ones I missed now that I see the answers.
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Level 88
May 31, 2020
Got 90 this time!
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Level 82
May 31, 2020
Missed a couple in Africa, a couple in Pakistan and Indonesia, and a couple because I ran out of time.
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Level 60
May 31, 2020
There are only a couple from Pakistan.
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Level 82
May 31, 2020
"a couple in Pakistan and Indonesia," not a couple in Pakistan and a couple in Indonesia.

Also, there are four.

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Level 46
May 31, 2020
Where is Ho Chi Minh?
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Level 75
May 31, 2020
Right there at 8.5 m.
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Level 78
May 31, 2020
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi, Vietnam.
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Level 49
May 31, 2020
Too America-Centric (?)
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Level 41
May 31, 2020
I think Izmir should be here with 4,367,251 population according to citypopulation.de
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Level 58
May 31, 2020
Please correct me if I am wrong, but I think that figure is for the province of Izmir.
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Level 56
Dec 6, 2021
I believe the city and the province are the same as it's a municipal metropolitan area meaning that the city and province are essentially the same though this is only from a quick Google search so I may be wrong
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Level 43
May 31, 2020
Thanks for remember my city, Belo Horizonte, Brazil!
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Level 58
May 31, 2020
Haha of course! Unfortunately I didnt get north of Rio when I went to Brasil, but I remember someone showing me a picture from Belo Horizonte of some crosses overlooking the city at sunset and it looked like a very pretty place :)
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Level 43
May 31, 2020
Billahhh, yes, you're right! I think you speak of a photo of Curral Hill. It is a beautiful place overlooking the entire city, but BH (as it is called here in Brazil), it also has ups and downs. One of the lows is Pampulha Lake, a large lake famous for its architectural ensemble by Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx. the place is beautiful, but those who live nearby, smell the sewage that Lagoa da Pampulha has. This occurs mainly when it rains or dusk. In addition, there are stretches where the lagoon is silted, but I love this place just the same! For more information, consult on Wikipedia, because I will not be able to say everything right? Kkkkkkk. Great quiz! Really enjoyed! And welcome to Jetpunk!
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Level 82
Jun 1, 2020
Ho Chi Minh City is now just "Ho?"
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Level 58
Jun 1, 2020
This was just one of the automatic type-ins accepted by jetpunk.
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Level 84
Oct 25, 2023
But hcmc doesn’t work as it does in most quizzes
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Level 62
Jun 1, 2020
shouldn't ho chi minh city be here
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Level 58
Jun 1, 2020
Someone else had said this, do you not see it at 8.6m?
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Level 24
Jun 2, 2020
Sana'a should definitely be on this list. Nearly every source I checked estimates its population at around 3.9 m. I think you can disregard citypopulation.de in this instance, since they are at odds with every other source.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanaa

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Level 58
Jun 3, 2020
Yeah citypopulation.de seems to be what we use for most quizzes on this site but I think it needs to change. It's always such a large area covered by the city that it seems silly. Perhaps I'll make some quizzes using a different population source.
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Level 32
Jun 3, 2020
only 8% said rawalpindi
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Level 51
Jun 9, 2020
Accept Saigon for Ho Chi Minh City?
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Level 78
Jul 31, 2020
Yeah, both Saigon or HCM should be accepted, as they are in most of the tests.
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Level 66
Nov 18, 2020
Shouldn't Kolkata be included? It's in Bangladesh.
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Level 58
Nov 26, 2020
It's in India, so not included
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Level 44
Jan 25, 2021
Haha i missed out London but got Bandung and that as a European XD
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Level 42
Feb 21, 2021
Why exclude Cologne/ Dusseldorf it's south the Ruhr

You should fill in Johannesburg/ Pretoria

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Level 64
Apr 12, 2021
55/98 managed to miss Seoul tho
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2021
In managed to miss Rio!
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2021
Great quiz but could you accept Saigon and HCMC for Ho Chi Minh. Also can you accept Islamabad for Rawalpindi.
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Level 85
Jun 25, 2021
Saigon should be accepted in this quiz
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Level 39
Jul 29, 2021
London population is around 8 million not 14 million
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Level 66
Nov 4, 2021
I got Ibadan, Douala and Rawalpindi but forgot Rome, Saint Petersburg and Athens...
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Level 44
Feb 5, 2022
I guessed Abuja, Benin City and Kano but I forgot to guess Lagos -_-

Also forgot Seoul, Barcelona and Madrid

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Level 72
Apr 29, 2022
Isn't Saigon a standard type-in for Ho Chi Minh City?
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Level 76
Jul 26, 2022
HCMC and Saigon are the standard type ins
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Level 84
Oct 4, 2022
Hcmc doesn’t work for this quiz, though it does for every other quiz on jetpunk, as a result of which I missed it.
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Level ∞
Oct 25, 2023
Fixed
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Level 61
Mar 8, 2023
90/98 time limit unfair, needs another minute
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Level 61
May 15, 2023
got rotterdam at the last 5 seconds. 98/98.
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Level 45
Aug 12, 2023
Missed Nagoya, Alexandria and Kuwait City. If I had five more minutes I still think I would not come up with Nagoya though... Ah those japanese names
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Level 26
Sep 26, 2023
How was New York City not on here?!
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Level 55
Oct 18, 2023
Read the notes
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Level 71
Mar 6, 2024
I know right!!! Surprising how there’s not a single US city on here!!!
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Level 79
Dec 22, 2023
Not enough time for me but great quiz
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Level 62
Mar 16, 2024
Is Rotterdam larger than Amsterdam?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Largest_cities_of_the_Netherlands

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Level 75
Mar 16, 2024
Urban area yes, Rotterdam's urban area includes the Hague and some other cities.
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Level 41
Mar 17, 2024
Actually, that wouldn't count as being the urban area of Rotterdam. The urban are that rotterdam is considered TO BE IN is called Randstad and it goes from amsterdam to roterdam, and from den haag (the hague) to utrecht, with a population surpassing 8 million people.
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Level 67
Mar 16, 2024
It's sobering seeing most of the cities on this list, considering the quality of living/self-governance, and extrapolating that into further predicted growth